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I hear my grandparents complain of being old at 70!

January 7, 2011

Need inspiration?
“People don’t die of old age, they die of neglect.”

Jack LaLanne celebrates his 70th birthday in 1984 by towing 70 boats and 70 persons while swimming1.5 miles in Long Beach Harbor in California.


California Advances Identification of Fluoride as a Carcinogen

June 27, 2009

California EPA committee designates fluoride as a priority for review for public warnings about risk of cancer to consumers


News Release  June 5, 2009
On May 29, 2009, over protests by lobbyists for the American Dental Association and the Personal Care Products Council, the Carcinogen Identification Committee of California EPA’s Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) named fluoride and its salts to its list of chemicals slated for highest-priority review as a cancer causing agent.  The review will be a critical step toward possible inclusion of fluorides on a Prop 65 list of chemicals for which warnings for risks of cancer, birth defects, and reproductive toxicity are to be publicly posted.

Citing the passage of two pre-screenings that acknowledged the existence of animal and human evidence, as well as widespread exposure, this recommendation places fluoride and its salts on the list along with 37 other chemicals slated for a high priority Hazard Identification process. Evidence presented to the committee included a scientific review by Kathleen Theissen, PhD, which was funded by IAOMT.

This hazard identification process is similar to a risk assessment performed to establish a scientific point of safety for lifetime ingestion that is ordered by the Safe Drinking Water Act for chemicals in the water, with the exception that this process will evaluate fluorides from all exposures, and restricts the assessment to only the risks of cancer, rather than all adverse heath effects.

Proposition 65 was enacted by voters of California in 1986 to assure that the public is notified of the presence of substances known to the State of California to pose a risk of cancer, birth defects, or reproductive harm in products or locations.  Prop 65 warnings are commonly seen at gas stations and dry cleaning establishments warning of environmental exposures to the chemicals present, and bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), another fluoride compound, was also recommended for the highest priority review.

PFOAs are most commonly used to produce surfactants (in layman’s terms, non-stick and non-penetration), which are the basis of such products as Scotchgard (In 2000, maker 3M announced it is to be phased out of the market), Teflon (restricted in future production), and GoreTex.

Ranging from water and oil repellants, to stain resistant fabrics, to waxed paper, this chemical class is listed as used in aircraft production processes, electronic products, personal care products, and thought to be essential in the automotive, chemical, medical, packaging and building/construction industries. Dupont, the primary producer of PFOAs, opposed the recommendation for priority review.

Chemicals that received a lower priority ranking are not expected to receive a timely review.

A summary of the chemical prioritizations can be accessed at:

       Contact: Jeff Green
       Citizens for Safe Drinking Water
       (800) 728-3833

Wether’s lights up self proclaimed KOBE Stopper!

March 31, 2009


Brian Wethers lights up Ruben Patterson AKA the “Kobe Stopper!” We all know he can score. His nickname with me is PAM (PointAMinutte). He put up 27 points, 10 Assist (I did not know he could pass haha), 10 Rebounds. That’s right a big triple double on the “KOBE STOPPER!”

Keep up the great work BDubb!

Doctors ‘too reliant on prescribing drugs’

March 13, 2009

Doctors are too reliant on prescribing drugs for heart disease at the expense of helping their patients to lead healthier lives, a new study suggests.

by Kate Devlin, Medical Correspondent

Some patients are receiving too little advice about cutting down on smoking or reducing their weight as doctors increasingly reach for pills to treat them, according to the study, published in the Lancet medical journal.

The report comes just a week after a leading expert warned that millions of elderly patients were being prescribed drugs that they did not need, for conditions ranging from high blood pressure to high cholesterol or diabetes.

Professor Michael Oliver warned that a “tick-box culture” was leading to overtreatment and unnecessary anxiety for many older people.

The latest study looked at the treatment of heart disease across 22 European countries.

It found that one in five people diagnosed with the condition continued to smoke, in spite of the well-known problems that smoking can cause for the heart.

Researchers also found that sufferers were twice as likely to have diabetes as 12 years ago, partly because of the growing problem of obesity.

Only around one in three patients surveyed were referred to programmes designed to prevent heart attacks by focusing on lifestyle changes.

At the same time researchers found that doctors were prescribing greater numbers of drugs.

“The results of the study should be a cause for concern for all health policy makers, physicians and other healthcare professionals,” according to its authors, led by Professor David Wood from Imperial College London.

Heart disease is Britain’s biggest killer and every six minutes someone dies from a heart attack in this country.

Here’s a suggestion! Start eating more veggies and fruits and less red meat!

Obesity Isn’t Genetic, It’s Taught: Kids Learn Food Habits From Parents

March 12, 2009

Monday, March 09, 2009 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Children as young as two years old notice what foods their parents are bringing into the house and tend to mimic those food choices, according to a study conducted by researchers from Dartmouth Medical School and published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

“The data suggest that children begin to assimilate and mimic their parents’ food choices at a very young age, even before they are able to fully appreciate the implications of these choices,” the researchers wrote.

Researchers had 120 children between the ages of two and six take part in a grocery store shopping game, where they were asked to pick anything they wanted from 133 food items including fruits, vegetables, bread, milk, candy, potato chips, soda, desserts and sugary or whole grain cereals. Meanwhile, the children’s parents filled out questionnaires about how often they purchased each of the foods and whether their children accompanied them on shopping trips.

The researchers found that children’s food choices were similar to those reflected by the parental questionnaire. The healthier a parent’s shopping choices, the healthier the child’s.

Most parents reported that they took their children along while grocery shopping.

“Nutrition interventions for children most often begin with school-aged children,” the researchers wrote. “This study suggests that preschool children are already forming food preferences and are attentive to food choices made by their parents.”

The researchers suggested that parents might view a trip to the store as an educational experience, where children can learn to emphasize healthier foods over junk food and snacks.

The study refutes the assumption that children are inherently predisposed to prefer sweet, high-fat and salty snacks over healthier food. The majority of children in the study selected an even mix of healthy and unhealthy foods, while 35 (nearly 30 percent) chose significantly more healthy than unhealthy foods.